29,000 detained on drug offenses so far

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

We are halfway through the year and, between January and May so far, there have been over 29,000 people already apprehended for drug violations, according to data from the public security ministry.

The Ministerio de Seguridad Pública issued a statement detailing that all these people were surprised by the police and detained on the transfer, sale, possession or trafficking of drugs.

In addition to the persons, more than 10 tons of drugs have been seized during police operations. The majority of the seizures, at 739 kilograms, were cocaine and the other 379 kilograms were marijuana, police said.

Then there are also the cars and firearms as well as money confiscated during these actions. That includes about $3.3 million and around 65 million in colons, police said.

The law being violated is the Ley de Psicotrópicos and it can also include, aside from the drug offenses, the legitimation of capital or financing of terrorism as well, the ministry explained.

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